Man arrested in Fresno County drug bust, $6.8 million in drugs found

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. - A Silmar man was arrested in Fresno County on charges of possessing and transporting narcotics for sale after a bust that uncovered $6.8 million worth of drugs.

On Tuesday, agents assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area unit (HIDTA), the Fresno Methamphetamine Task Force (FMTF) and Central Valley Marijuana Investigation Team (CVMIT) made the arrest and seized 4.4 pounds of Despropionyl Fentanyl and Ketamine, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.

The drugs had had a street value of $6.8 million.

Eduardo Zavala Lopez, 26, was booked into Fresno County Jail, and bail has been set at $235,000.

Undercover agents arranged to purchase what they believed to be synthetic heroin, the Sheriff’s Office said. The seller was traveling into Fresno from Los Angeles.

Agents identified Lopez’s car and made a traffic stop on Highway 99 in Fresno County. The car was towed to a secure location to be searched.

Due to the fact that agents were unsure of the types of drugs being transported, they geared up in hazardous material safety suits. It proved to be a valuable safety measure because Fentanyl, if it’s inhaled or comes in contact with your skin, can potentially be fatal, the Sheriff’s Office said.

They found the drugs hidden in a secret compartment of the car, the Sheriff’s Office said. The drugs were later sent to the Department of Justice lab for testing, which a mixture of Despropionyl Fentanyl and Ketamine.


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